September 17, 2020
Ageing is inevitable but “ageing well” requires some planning.
I’m in my 50s, relatively healthy, and trying to stay in shape. So “aging well” didn’t enter my daily thoughts until I moved my elderly parents (85 & 91 years old) into my house. What I’ve seen is that lifestyle and quality of life can change very rapidly at their age. When they moved in 4 years ago, they were extremely active and entirely self-sufficient. But, a fall, a complicated broken hip, and a long hospital stay, has totally changed the way they live and severely limited the things they do.
In helping aging relatives navigate life changes as they age, some advanced planning makes all the difference. Here are a few critical things to consider:
To protect against falls, make sure that balance exercises are a feature of daily activities. Balance exercises are not strenuous so it’s not necessary to be in fighting form to do them.
With some advanced planning, a happy and high-quality life can be ensured well into old age.